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Joel Osborne

Joel Osborne writes

Posted Monday, May 14th 2018

I couldn’t be prouder - Kapoulas

Andreas Kapoulas has spoke of his pride after Bristol Flyers’ most successful BBL campaign came to an end in the play-off semi-finals.

Flyers entered Sunday’s second leg needing to overturn a 15-point deficit against Leicester Riders and gave the defending league champions something to think about at half-time, having narrowed the aggregate gap to just seven.

It was a case of deja-vu from Friday night, as Rob Paternostro’s side once again responded with a pivotal third quarter, going on a 12-5 run to open the second half to ultimately regain control of the tie.

"I’m extremely proud of our guys, we fought for a full 40 minutes,” Kapoulas told Bristol Flyers TV.

"Not just he guys on the court, but also the guys that didn't play. It has been a real team effort, 13 players working really hard.

"Leicester had to make some huge shots in the last couple of minutes of the game. We came here to win and we never stopped believing in our ability.

"We played hard on both ends of the court - they’re a very good team and I wish them all the best in the final.


THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

Coach Kapoulas says there is 'a lot of exciting news in the future'
Bristol Flyers finished the 2017/18 season having won seven of their last eight home games, with a record of 19 wins and 14 losses during the regular season - the first time the club has finished above .500 in their four year BBL history.

"It has been a fantastic season both on and off the court and another step forward in the right direction,” Kapoulas continued.

"We finished sixth in the league with a winning record and made it to the play-off semi-finals. The O2 was not meant to be, but I’m very excited for the future.

"We’re doing great things both on and off the court and we’re taking some real step forwards as a club.

"The most important thing is that we need to keep on moving forward. We really believe in what we are doing - there is a process behind it and our first four years in the league have proved that.

"It has never just been about just winning games, it comes down to having the right people involved. It’s about setting the vision and installing the culture. The O2 will come - it’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a mater of ‘when’."



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